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After a 16 year break from Coarse Angling in the UK I re-ignited my passion for fishing in 2010. Follow my journey from tackle selection, new methods, old and new venue's. All the blanks and bags captured. Thanks for stopping by...
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MFS - Stafford Moor - Silvers Festival, 2nd March 2015
A very quiet night in the Lodge of Plenty including a dip in the hot tub so we were all bright eyed ready for our breakfast as cooked by our residence personal chef Colin.
8:30am draw and as usual Redarmy manages to push to the front of the queue. My home for the day would be Emily’s peg 7.
Emily’s is behind the tackle lodge and as yesterday it’s a lake we’d not fished before on the Silvers festival.
I spoke to Jamie (one of the ASBO twins and my team captain for the week), who said, pellet at 7 metres. So I set up a couple of pole lines to fish 7 metres at the usual 10 o’clock and 2 o’clock.
Two rigs to cover both swims, one at dead depth and the other being the ’99’ lift bite rig, where two number 9’s are placed about 1 inch from the hook and the float is dotted down.
Dead reds, pellets and groundbait was bait for the day.
Same approach as yesterday with one line fed with groundbait and the other only one small nugget of micro pellets. Straight over the pellet line and then mother nature decided to show us all who is the boss. The skies darkened and the hailstones came raining down.
I managed to winkle out a couple of fish, and I mean two fish in the first hour. All the lads around the lake were struggling. It was cold, wet and miserable…
Hour two was no better even after the weather had abated. Two more fish joined their friends in the keepnet. I had a look over the groundbait line which produced another few fish, but nothing large.
The wind was blowing across the peg and holding the pole at 7 metres was even tough, so I decided to break out the feeder rod.
There is sunken island in the middle of Emily’s so I put my first cast into the shallower water to see if any silvers were there. The tip had just settled and then it ripped round… a small mirror carp made an appearance, while they don’t count, it was nice to actually catch a fish!
Another hour passes by and I managed 4 more fish on the feeder.
The final hour as the weather cleared up I went over the groundbait line which finally started to produce. I called the all-out and we all new that we wouldn’t be breaking any records today!
3lb 15oz for 4th in Section, but beating Colin K and getting a jock pound. The Lodge pounds I had to pay Colin, Shedders and Animal which on the upside means more pools money for the lodge kitty!
A tough day all round with a great lake win for Shedders with 9lb 12oz and a section second for Animal. Animal was on fire, potentially leading the festival with Andy G. All weights for the day across all the lakes were down with 17lb being the highest weight.
Something a little bit different and an opportunity to branch out into another area that fishing offers. Time to target some specimen fish, not just large carping but an opportunity to get some personal bests on the board and target specific types of fish.
The first challenge I wanted was to target large tench and large Crucian Carp. I'm into my second year as a member of Godalming Angling Society and they are blessed with Enton Lake at Milford, a former trout fishery that they purchased in 1984/5.
The lake was renamed Johnson's Enton Lake in honour of the fishery management secretary at the time, Alf Johnson, who was the driving force behind buying this water.
Alf died in 2001 and the lake was renamed as simply Johnson's Lake in his honour. His ashes are scattered there beneath a willow tree planted by his family.
Johnsons Lake is where the current British record Crucian Carp lives, banked in 2015 at 4lb 10oz. What a better place to start? So this is how the session w…
Putting the disappoint result from Oaks behind me it was fishing Tanners that I was looking forward to next. The easterly wind had started to blow after the previous beautiful day so I fancied a draw down around peg 10 - 14, lets see what the drawbar had in store for me today.
Well, peg 2 on the lawns, which is a good waggler and bomb peg so wasn't too disappointed. I had the pellet waggler master for a neighbour on Peg 1, Dave Stockton and Silvers on Peg 4.
The bomb rod was straight out of the bag together with a pellet waggler set up, really simple!
While not a lot had been reported coming out from the margin I just had to set up a margin line to my right and a 5 metre pole line too.
Again mainly pellets together with worms and sweetcorn.
Speaking with Hathers after the draw he mentioned that I'd probably be spending 80% of the match on the bomb and pellet line, which I did to be fair, 5 hours in total.
A chance to fish the Wednesday match with Godalming Angling Society on a new lake to me, Richardson Lake.
The weather wasn't looking the best today with rain predicted, little did I know it was going to rain all day long and soak all the gear.
Peg 7, near to the Apollo tackle shop came out of the bag for me.
With the wind blowing down the lake I didn't feel it would be a waggler day however I set-up a waggler and also a bomb to fish the waggler line too.
Pole lines were: 13 metres at 10 o'clock and 1 o'clockTop 2 and 3 straight aheadMargin lines left and right
Bait was a mix between natural (maggot, caster, worms) and pellets which would be fished on separate lines. All-In
Kicking off the swims I put a small ball of sloppy groundbait with casters on the 10 o'clock line and some 4 mm pellets on the other long pole line. The rain then started.
I decided to try the waggler, pinging casters over the top until the wind got so bad that it made presentation …